Liverpool will have a head start over their Premier League rivals in this summer’s transfer market having already secured the services of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
The Reds agreed a £48 million deal with the Bundesliga outfit last summer but allowed the Guinean midfielder to stay in Germany until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
Liverpool’s plans changed in January when Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona. However, Jurgen Klopp’s attempts to bring Keita to Anfield six months earlier than planned ultimately failed.
Keita, who turned 23 in February, promised to give his all for Leipzig until the end of the current campaign – despite the deal with Liverpool – and has stayed true to his word.
WhoScored.com rate him as the 14th best-performing player in the Bundesliga this season; no other RB Leipzig player ranks higher after 32 matches.
However, there’s a good chance he’ll find himself lower in the rankings on Monday morning after what happened during Sunday afternoon’s clash between Mainz and Leipzig on Sunday afternoon.
Not only were Leipzig hammered 3-0 by relegation-threatened Mainz, but Keita was sent off in the final minute of stoppage time for two bookable offences.
KEITA SENT OFF – YET AGAIN
This was Keita’s third red card of the season, or fourth if you include the red card he received while on international duty for Guinea against Tunisia back in October.
Keita’s latest dismissal has sparked plenty of reaction from Liverpool fans on social media. Understandably, some of them are concerned that his poor disciplinary record could be a problem next season. (Watch the video here… click play on the blacked out tweet).
Yet another red card https://t.co/Vsb1nJkeYo
— Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) April 29, 2018
I’ll tell you what I don’t care how good Naby Keïta is, if he doesn’t stop getting these red cards he’ll put us in a hell load of shit next season, that’s his 4th this campaign for Leipzig imagine that for us!! #LFC
— Matt Murdock (@mv_jenkins) April 29, 2018
Keita’s two other red cards came against Borussia Monchengladbach in September and against Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal back in October October.
But once again he failed to keep his composure and could now miss Leipzig’s two remaining matches of the campaign through suspension.
Naby Keita sent off I believe he will have more suspensions than anything next season
— Marktyrer (@Marktyrer6) April 29, 2018
The amount of red cards Naby Keita gets is definitely worrying.
— Lee 🔴🇨🇮 (@mightyreds88) April 29, 2018
Leipzig, who finished second in the Bundesliga last term but currently find themselves sixth in the table this, end their season with games against Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin.
Keita would usually only be required to serve a one-match ban after picking up two yellow cards but is expected to be banned for at least two matches after receiving his third red card in German football this season.
The way Naby Keita gets red card is alarming….
— Zino Efaj (@lfc_zino) April 29, 2018
Naby Keita receives his 4th Red Card of the Season. Klopp must be worried by this negative tag of this top talent.
— Nixon Eshun (@Sexy_Pastor) April 29, 2018
It’s hard to blame Liverpool supporters for feeling concerned.
Ensuring Keita keeps his cool in high-pressure situations will surely be one of Klopp’s primary concerns when the player arrives at Anfield this summer.